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May 1864. "Fredericksburg, Va. Soldiers filling canteens." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864. By 1864, Union Cavalry had grown in experience and and hard - fought stature into arguably the best horse soldiers in the world. By this time , Confederates respected them as worthy opponents. Click on the image twice for some awesome details of the photograph.